The Latest: Police identify Idaho rollover bus crash cause

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Posted: Apr 18, 2017 11:56 PM
The Latest: Police identify Idaho rollover bus crash cause

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The Latest on a school bus crash in Idaho (all times local):

8:30 p.m.

Police have identified the driver of the school bus that rolled in rural Idaho Tuesday while carrying students to a track meet.

Idaho State Police say 67-year-old Richard Mecham of Carey, Idaho, was behind the wheel of the 2011 bus when he drove off the right shoulder, overcorrected and rolled the bus.

Police say Mecham sustained no injures while adult chaperones were treated and released at the scene. Police say 12 of the 39 students on the bus were taken to hospitals for treatment.

The investigation is ongoing.


5:15 p.m.

A mother of one of the students on the school bus that crashed in rural Idaho says her daughter remembers coaches yelling to get the driver's attention before it flipped over.

Cindy Stocking of Carey said students heard coaches scream "hey, hey, hey!"

Stocking said when she got news of the crash, she hopped in her car to meet her 13-year-old daughter, Hailee Stocking, at the scene.

Stocking said her daughter is fine, but she decided to take her to the hospital emergency room anyways just to get checked out by a doctor.

"There were students with severe lacerations, some with concussions, one broke a bone in her back," Stocking told The Associated Press via text message. "Some with whiplash."


3:50 p.m.

An Idaho sheriff says a bus carrying 39 students rolled over in a central Idaho crash on Tuesday and at least 11 have been taken to hospitals.

Lincoln County Sheriff Rene Rodriguez says the bus crashed for unknown reasons on an open stretch of rural road where the speed limit is 65 mph.

He says none of the injuries appear to be life-threatening.

He says the bus was taking students from Carey School to a track meet. Idaho State Police are investigating.

Six of the students were taken to St. Luke's Magic Valley Medical Center in Twin Falls, two of them by air.

Five more students were transported to North Canyon Medical Center in Gooding.

Rodriguez says most of the students were transported back to Carey School.


2:04 p.m.

A school official says Idaho students are being transported by air and ambulance to receive medical treatment Tuesday after a school bus rolled in a crash.

According to the Blaine County School District, five students were transported by helicopter and another five students went by ambulance. Twelve more students are still being assessed by emergency personnel and 14 other students have been released.

Idaho State Police reports that the bus was driving junior high students to a track meet on when it crashed in central Idaho, 125 miles southeast of Boise.

There were no immediate reports of fatal injuries.

ISP did not disclose the cause of the crash.